Owen Jones

Owen Jones is a columnist for The Independent. He was born in Sheffield and grew up in Stockport. After graduating, he worked as a trade union and parliamentary researcher. His first book, 'Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class', was published in June 2011. He is currently working on his second book, on the British Establishment, for Penguin.

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Labour cannot win by debating welfare on the Tories' terms

The week I saw how low the right will stoop

John, 9, Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, Jayden, 5, Jesse, 6, and Jack Philpott, 7, all died after a blaze was started deliberately at the family's semi-detached house in Allenton, Derby

Philpott verdict: Blame the man, not his class

When these sorts of horrors take place it is natural to look for wider lessons - but here that impulse must be resisted. This is simply a story of nauseating cruelty

Farewell to the NHS, 1948-2013: a dear and trusted friend finally murdered by Tory ideologues

This week's 'reforms' of a treasured institution - by people who came to power promising not to mess with it - is yet another sickening assault on the poor by the rich

How the People's Assembly can challenge our suffocating political consensus - and why it's vital that we do

The cartel of modern politics is only ever disrupted from the right. Now, with the help of like-minded others, I will be touring the country to set up a left-wing movement

Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Workfare: Why did so many Labour MPs accept this brutal, unforgivable attack on vulnerable people?

Labour's leadership is failing to uphold its party's values

Cameron's days in office may be numbered, but the national agenda is still set by the right

The Prime Minister is surrounded by ideological crusaders and they've succeeded in turning the politically impossible into the politically inevitable

Hugo Chavez at a campaign rally in 2003

Hugo Chavez was a democrat, not a dictator, and showed a progressive alternative to neo-liberalism is both possible and popular

The President's death will be mourned by millions of Venezuelans - and rightly so

The latest front in Operation Divide and Rule sees soldiers used to fight a political battle

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond wants to divert welfare spending to the military

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning

Sacrifice of Bradley Manning's liberty will not have been made in vain

An example had to be made of a soldier who revealed a far uglier reality

George Osborne in Eastleigh last week

As Tory austerity inflicts misery on millions, Labour should articulate their alternative to Osbornomics

In fact, they already have - in Ed Balls's celebrated Bloomberg speech, which is the founding document of British neo-Keynesianism. That text should be revisited

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